Handcrafted in Port Washington, WI of fine imported leathers

Cornwallis Dress Oxford with Dainite Rubber Sole



Item# SF1280


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  • Lace-up balmoral dress shoe
  • Plain-toe with medallion
  • Extremely versatile with jeans, slacks, khakis and suits
  • Classic Fit, fits true to size


  • 360º Bench Welt construction for durability and stability
  • CustomCork™ insole naturally molds for a custom fit
  • Dainite rubber sole for traction and durability
  • Craft

  • Handcrafted in Port Washington, WI of fine imported leathers
  • Built on the welted 1943 Last
  • Calfskin leather
  • Recraftable
  • Care

    Care Instructions

    STEP 1: Using a damp cloth or sponge, lather our Saddle Soap and apply onto leather to clean and restore its natural oils.

    STEP 2: Moisturize the shoes with our Cream Polish to make them supple and soft, following instructions on the product.

    STEP 3: Condition the shoes with our Speed Polish, protecting them from dirt, rain and snow.

    STEP 4: Take our Heel dressing applicator and apply to the edge of the heel and sole.

    STEP 5: Apply our Leather Lotion as needed for added protection and polish in between cleanings. Use our Horsehair Shine Brush to buff shoes to a desired shine.

    *For camo printed leather, simply rub our Leather Lotion onto print with our Cotton Flannel Polishing Cloth as needed and wipe smudges or dirt away with a damp cloth.
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    Classic Fit

    Most people consider a “classic” fit to be a “standard” fit. This fit more closely aligns with the natural shape of your feet.

    U.S. E.U. U.K.
    6 39 5.5
    6.5 39.5 6
    7 40 6.5
    7.5 41 7
    8 41.5 7.5
    8.5 42 8
    9 43 8.5
    9.5 43.5 9
    10 44 9.5
    10.5 44.5 10
    11 45 10.5
    11.5 45.5 11
    12 46 11.5
    12.5 47 12
    13 48 12.5
    14 49 13
    15 50 14

    For help getting the perfect fit, we recommend you visit a retail store to get your feet fitted. If you do not have the option to visit one of our stores, you may contact customer service to help you choose the right size.

    Width Available Sizes
    AAA 10-12, 13, 14 Narrow
    AA 10-12, 13, 14
    A 9-12, 13, 14
    B 8-12, 13, 14, 15
    C 8-12, 13, 14, 15
    D 6-13, 14, 15, 16 Medium
    E 6-12, 13, 14
    EE 6-12, 13
    EEE 7-12, 13, 14 Wide

    *Measurements are in inches

    Ask & Answer
    Cornwallis Dress Oxford with Dainite Rubber Sole is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 32.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bought these shoes to wear on rainy days. The fit is terrible. The toebox is extremely narrow and uncomfortable Bought these shoes to wear on rainy days. The fit is terrible. The toebox is extremely narrow and uncomfortable. I wish I could send them back but I wore them a couple of times. Clearly, and inferior product that shouldn’t be sold at the price offered
    Date published: 2019-05-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic business shoe I needed a shoe for everyday wear in my office. AE always delivers on classic style. I am always amazed at how comfortable the shoes are and the easy, quick break in time. This shoe has become my everyday go to business wear. Quality and comfort are an AE staple.
    Date published: 2019-05-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great in navy I got this in navy and it is surprisingly versatile. It reads black indoors, but with just enough color to set off your clothes in a really flattering way. Pair with virtually and gray (and who doesnt have a plethora of gray suits and trousers) and they're really great. The detailing is also really appreciated since this shoe can be dressed up or down due to the lack of toe cap, but brogueing around the quarters plus the medallion. Dainite sole is great for those of us not living in L.A. and have to deal with rain frequently. All around great shoe.
    Date published: 2019-05-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instant New Classic I have owned more than 10 pairs of AE shoes, and to me, the Cornwallis is way up there with the AE classics--Park Avenue, McAllister, 5th Avenue. The stock pictures here don't do justice!! I went to the store for the St. Johns double monk but came out with this. I realized how beautiful they are only after I try them in person. They can go well with suits or jeans. 1943 last is new to me and it is a little different than the classic 65. It has a straight forepart that cuts a little into the pinky side, but that's the secret of "modern" look and I can get used to it. Cornwallis is a keeper that I highly recommend to any AE fans out there!
    Date published: 2019-05-04
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    Can I get a size/width combination that is not orderable online

    I would normally wear a 6 1/2 D in this shoe. However, with my new orthotics, I need a larger and wider shoe. A 7E is the right size, but not wide enough. The 7 1/2 E is the correct width, but the size is too large - my foot slips around too much. Ideally, I would try a size 7 2E and a size 7 3E, but neither size is available in the Cornwallis. Can I special order one or both of these sizes? If so, are they returnable if I guess wrong on the width? Thank you!
    Asked by: 48945Eghs
    We apologize, at this time we do not offer custom orders for special sizes. Feel free to contact us with any additional questions.
    Answered by: CUSTOMER SERVICE
    Date published: 2018-09-01

    Heel Height: What is the height of the dainite rubber sole vs. leather sole for the Cornwallis?

    Asked by: Tony
    I have both. From floor to the top of the heel of the shoe there is about half a cm difference where the danit is higher. Mostly due to the heel guard that’s part of that sole.
    Answered by: Wisconsin John
    Date published: 2018-05-20

    Traditional Cork Insole... Or Otherwise??

    Does this shoe have (or offer) the traditional AE cork insole... or does it instead offer one of these newfangled synthetic anomalies??
    Asked by: goodbot
    The Cornwallis features our traditional footbed and the cork layer is applied under the insole. Feel free to contact us with any additional questions.
    Answered by: CUSTOMER SERVICE
    Date published: 2018-02-26

    What is the difference between the leather and rubber soles?

    Comfort, recrafting, break in period, etc?
    Asked by: Jeff
    Both options offer comfort, durability, and support. Leather soles are traditionally preferred for office/indoor settings or controlled environments, and are more breathable than rubber soles by helping to dissipate heat. Many prefer the look and feel of a leather sole that enhances our traditional handcrafting techniques. Dainite rubber soles are made with a dense rubber compound that provides more shock absorption, traction, and water resistance. They tend to tolerate longer commutes on concrete sidewalks better than leather. Based on customer feedback as well as our own wear trials, the Dainite will possess some stiffness right out of the box that eases over time with normal wear. Both can be replaced through our Recrafting service as long as the shoe style is eligible for Recrafting (the Carlyle is eligible). Ultimately, the choice between these soles comes down to your personal preference and needs. We suggest visiting your local store to try both and see which one you prefer.
    Answered by: CUSTOMER SERVICE
    Date published: 2017-05-03

    choice of sole options

    Hello, I have several pairs of AE dress shoes. They all have leather soles. My questions is this: Do the rubber sole options tend to last longer? Why do people select rubber over leather? Thanks!, Steve
    Asked by: smconway
    Yes. A dainite sole, while being a bit stiffer in the beginning, will almost certainly last longer than a leather sole if the shoe is regularly worn. This is especially true if you live in a rainy part of the world. Downsides include a longer breaking in period and a somewhat thicker sole. If you really like the elegant look of a leather sole, a dainite one might disappoint you.
    Answered by: GuyInOly
    Date published: 2018-06-09
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